Calgary's Top Ten Summer Activities
Thursday, June 26, 2014
We spend so much of the winter indoors that the majority of Calgarians' favourite summer activities are outdoor ones. Here are some ideas for your months in the sun.
- Follow the festivals. Obtain a good events calendar from any entertainment site, add the festivals to your calendar and attend. Most are outside in parks or streets, and most are free.
- Nothing beats the city's network of hiking and biking paths for cardio exercise and incredible recreation in nature. It might even undo some of the damage of your excessive eating at the festivals! Choose a park near your home and, once you have explored it from back to front, choose the next furthest. Each trail has something different to offer.
- Have a family picnic or barbecue in one of the city's parks. There is no lack of activities for the kids to stay busy while you attend to the food and friends. All the parks have playgrounds, and most have some sporting facilities.
- Make use of the outdoor sporting facilities around the city. Canada Olympic Park has a climbing wall, a bobsled track for bobsled on wheels, a luge track, an 18-hole mini golf course, a ziplining and ropes courses and advanced biking obstacle trails. Shouldice Park has the Aquatic Centre and athletic park for many sports types. Stanley Park has its tennis courts, bowling facility, pool and much more.
- Go river rafting on the Bow and Elbow rivers. If you are an inexperienced rafter, start with the Elbow at Stampede Park; it is slower.
- Drive to any of the lakes or outdoor pools for a swim and a tan. Challenge yourself. This is the season to get the hang of wind surfing and water skiing on the lakes. Lake Sikome, Chestermere Lake, Ghost Lake, Sylvan Lake, Gull Lake, Lake Newell or any other lake of your choice.
- Visit the animals at Calgary Zoo and relax in the beautiful botanical gardens with your family.
- Pick any restaurant with a patio and have lunch, dinner or just drinks.
- Do some outdoor shopping at the Stephen Avenue Mall (downtown), and enjoy the shops as well as the patios!
- Drive to Kananaskis Country; it is only an hour away. It is not only beautiful, but complete with trails to walk and bike, caves to explore, scenic drives to take, canyons and creaks to see and parks in which to relax.
It is an amazing city in the summer, and so make sure you take advantage of what it has to offer!